Red Hot Chili Peppers Drummer Chad Smith Sickened by CIA Torture Reports
The names of several harder-edged bands have surfaced over the years as having music being used by the CIA to break down terror suspects, but it was a little bit surprising last week when a new report revealed that Red Hot Chili Peppers music was used on loop as a tactic by the CIA.
TMZ caught up with Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith on the street, who appeared to be surprised when told of the information by the interviewer. Smith, visibly taken aback, struggled for words before the interviewer asked if he approved. “No, of course not,” exclaims Smith. “Our music’s positive man. It makes people feel good and that’s just very upsetting to me. I don’t like that at all.”
Smith adds, “Maybe some people think our music’s annoying, I don’t care. But that’s a poor use of … they shouldn’t be doing that, they shouldn’t be that s—. It’s horrible. Yeah, I just hate it. I want to throw up.”
According to the report, one specific segment of the Senate Intelligence Committee stated that a suspect named Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn Abu Zubayadah was subjected bo the music technique while at a black site prison out of Guantanamo Bay between May and July of 2002. During his torture, he was reportedly stuffed into a pet crate, shackled by his wrists to the ceiling and subjected to the Chili Peppers music on loop.